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Coburg

The former Coburg High School site seeks a fresh beginning

Perhaps it's a case of third time lucky for the vacant former home of Coburg High School on Bell Street. The monster 1.2 hectare site at 81 A Bell Street is back at planning, representing the third design to be proposed for the key site in recent years. Gone is the intent to deliver hundreds of apartments, but rather now advisory and project management firm Beca is overseeing efforts to deliver a substantial retirement village onsite. Ryman...

Placemaking at Pentridge for an improved social and design outcome

Anyone who has traversed the former Pentridge site in recent times can attest to how unsophisticated and unwelcoming the first tranche of apartment and townhouse projects are within the former prison's grounds. More than that it's the failure of these projects to adequately integrate with their surrounds that is perhaps most disappointing. While developed only a few short years ago, they are almost symptomatic of a different time and/or attitude...

Adina Hotel adds to Shayher Group's Pentridge vision

Shayher Group have landed a key piece of their mixed-use Pentridge puzzle with the announcement that TFE Hotels will operate an Adina Apartment Hotel as part of the former prison's regeneration. Partly set within the walls of the former B cell block, Adina Pentridge will accommodate 120 serviced apartment suites with the task of designing the heritage-based project handed to Cox Architecture. A new building will also be built adjacent to B cell...

Crystal ball gazing: City of Moreland

When you mention Brunswick to anyone who's from the other side of the Yarra you're quite likely to get a rendition of the Franco Cozzo ad, a massive expletive-ladden anti-hipster tirade or hushed jibes about lefties. However we need to question how long those stereotypes will last. Urban Melbourne labelled Lygon Street in Brunswick East a development hotspot in August 2013 and the picture today is dramatically different. Not that Lygon Street is...

Pentridge reborn: what Coburg Quarter holds for the public

Signifying the rebirth of one of Melbourne’s most expansive regeneration sites, developer Future Estate is pressing ahead with plans for the former Pentridge Prison, soon to be known as Coburg Quarter . The $1 billion Pentridge masterplan received approval from the Victorian Government and local Council late last year. With the approved masterplan also came the expectation that Future Estate could deliver a higher calibre of public space...

Coburg gains some long sought-after initiative

With the Coburg Initiative all but a memory, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne last week gave Coburg a fresh direction with the approval of the suburb's new structure plan. 80 hectares will be captured within a new activity centre which will see varying height limits, peaking at a discretionary maximum of 13 levels. Much was expected of the original Coburg Initiative which at the time saw a partnership between Moreland City Council and local...

Future Estate: The future of Pentridge Village

It was reported last week that developer Future Estate is the successful new owner of a vast tract of development land within Pentridge Village. Expected to fetch $30 million via a sales campaign held by CBRE, the final price tag was a reported $27 million. And for that price Future Estate now holds land reserves totalling approximately 41,000sqm, located 7.5 kilometres from the CBD. Covering twelve separate sites with the largest at 5,591sqm,...

Expanding Melbourne's healthcare infrastructure

Box Hill Hospital's new 52,000 square metre facility was officially opened on on 12 August 2014. The $447.5 million redevelopment and expansion of the existing Box Hill Hospital is a vanguard project of sorts, marking the first completed facility in the current wave of new hospital projects throughout greater Melbourne which are either well into construction or due to commence. Together these projects represent billions of dollars worth of...
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H division likely to go as Pentridge's rebirth gathers momentum

During the latter months of 2013 the constant hum of demolition and bulk excavation emanated from behind the walls of Pentridge Prison, once Melbourne's premier correctional facility. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary given the "Bluestone College's" slow transformation into a medium to high density residential enclave. Yet the latest planning application for the site's northern bounds seeks to demolish a slice of Melbourne's disreputable...

Reformed planning zones: City of Moreland

The City of Moreland has been busy drafting new zones made possible by the Planning Minister's state-wide planning zone reform and has kicked off a mail & online campaign to get its residents engaged on the proposed new residential zones their strategic planners have drafted. At first glance. Moreland have been quite liberal in their proposal now open for public comment - click here to view the dedicated site and full supporting document...
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Development & Planning

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:00
Probuild has completed construction of the mixed-use Marina Tower development within the NewQuay precinct down at Docklands for developer Hiap Hoe. Rising 43 and 36-storeys respectively the two conjoined buildings feature a distinctive leaning tower design, which the national contractor notess is a Melbourne first.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00
Comment Upon reading about Newmark Capital's intention to redevelop South Yarra's Jam Factory, my first thought was 'gee South Yarra station's going to be busy'. Busier than it currently is in peaks, mind you. The headline numbers are quite impressive: an end-value of $1.25 billion and 100,000 square metres of mixed-use space.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.